The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is located in Boston’s Brookline neighborhood and is the birthplace and childhood home of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, as well as three of his eight siblings: Rosemary, Kathleen, and Joe Jr. It is also the first home shared by his parents, Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy,
In 1914, Joseph P. Kennedy purchased the house for $6,500. It was the home where he and his family would create many happy memories for the next seven years. After achieving much success, the Kennedys moved to their next larger home just blocks away on Abbottsford Road. Years later, in 1967, Rose Kennedy restored the house to the way she remembered it when her son, John F. Kennedy was born in 1917. Shortly after in 1969, it was recognized by the National Park Service as the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic site.
The home includes items from the President’s childhood, including his bassinet, a porringer with his initials, family photographs, and more. Visitors who opt for the audio tour will learn from Rose herself as she talks about what each item meant to her and to the then future president.
This landmark home is open to the public, offering both guided and self-guided tours. Group tours require advance reservations. Hours of operation vary:
- Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays throughout the year: closed
- Wednesday – Sunday, mid-May through end of October: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Closed during the winter season beginning at the end of October
Guided tours of the neighborhood are also available.
Learn even more about the life, times, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
83 Beals Street
Brookline, MA 02446-6010